Around one hundred people (mostly Syrian, Afghan refugees and a lot of journalists) demonstrated yesterday in Cologne in front of the main train station to condemn racism, violence against women, sexism and war. Saturday’s demonstration was organised on Facebook and initially estimated 500-1000 people to turn out for the rally, however fewer people showed up. Roses were distributed to all women present at the rally as a symbol of peace, few songs were played by a Syrian refugee and some of the demonstrators took to the stage to express their condemn to what happened during the New Year’s Eve… As one Syrian refugee said to me: “I don’t want people to be afraid of me. I don’t want them to look at me as a criminal. I’m just a normal human being. I’m here to say “NO” to war, racism and sexism.”

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